TenBoma tech heralded at UN conference

Technologies developed for outer space uses have helped scientists discover underground water sources in drought-stricken Kenya and rescue survivors in the rubble of last year’s Nepal earthquake.

Now, tenBoma is being heralded as another success story in geospatial technology used to save lives—this time the lives of elephants poached for their ivory across Africa.

At the United Nations Conference in Nairobi on “Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity,” co-hosted By Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya Wildlife Service Director General Kitili Mbathi sang our praises.

In his keynote address, he singled out the International Fund for Animal Welfare in the first public statement to an international audience about tenBoma’s application in KWS’s security strategies.

“In the Tsavo, which is Kenya's key conservation area, KWS in collaboration with International Fund for Animal Welfare is using a collaborative geospatial monitoring platform to marry data collection with targeted analysis and dissemination of information to identify poaching associated indicators,” he said. “Patterns in poaching related activities are being studied to enable KWS to intercept poachers prior to their slaughter of wildlife.”

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Attendees of the conference assemble with the author (bottom row, fifth from right).

TenBoma is not the only good use of technology being used by KWS. Mbathi also spoke highly of our use of GPS collars to track various wildlife species such as elephants at Tsavo and Amboseli since 2009, and  the lion collaring that is to commence at Nairobi National Park. 

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